Introduction to Fall Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email:
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Mushrooms in the Agaricus meleagris/placomyces complex also have a tendency to cause flu-like symptoms in some of the individuals who consume them. The toxin apparently has an unpleasant odor since the mild-smelling variants rarely cause upset while the unpleasant smelling ones cause gastrointestinal distress. Agaricus meleagris often smells like an asphalt roadway after a rain, especially when cooked. If you detect this odor, do not eat the mushrooms. The mushrooms in this photo are probably Agaricus moelleri.
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